For those of you who are fans of Richard Dutcher and/or States of Grace, the DVD is being released in October. Apparently, Deseret Book and Seagull Book have not yet decided if they want to carry it. In addition, Richard’s distribution company is in strong need of grass roots support of the DVD. I recently received an email from them, asking to spread the word on the many ways we can help promote Richard, and this wonderful movie (which I consider to be the best LDS movie ever made–hands down).

Here are some of the things you can do (all correspondence should go to: ):

  • Pre-order lots of copies of the DVD today.
  • They are putting together a comprehensive list of all LDS bookstores together and sending them each a screener of States of Grace. If you have some yellow pages handy and have a few minutes, they would love to get those as soon as possible. No matter where you are in the world. Any stores outside the US are needed as well. England, Spain, etc. Especially Central and South America. Richard dropped quite a bit of money and went through a number of translators to get the perfect translation in Spanish.
  • If you haven’t emailed Larry H. Miller yet, please do so. You may be asking why we are emailing him. Because 1- He is the Executive Producer of States of Grace, 2- He is the Executive Producer for The Work and the Glory series – and it is most important to him, 3- If he can see the impact that States has had on people, he may help with all his venues in advertising the release of the DVD States of Grace. As of now, he sees it as a good cause that he has already done enough for. 4- If you all could just get 5 friends to email Larry, that would be great.
  • They are now looking for banner ad placements, websites, etc. If you know of any popular LDS websites, please let them know as soon as possible.
  • Because they did go through a lot of effort to have a quality Spanish translation, does anyone know of some really popular Spanish LDS websites?
  • If States of Grace did not run theatrically in your area, let me know. If you can pull together a group of 10 or more, they can send you a screener (the actually movie that is sent to movie critics).
  • If you live in the Northeast, there is a chance that we will bring States of Grace to a theater your area. It will be for one or two showings only and the theatre MUST BE PACKED! We would have to rely on you do get the word out. Please let them know where the best places would be. The areas we are looking at are Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Virginia. If you can make a great argument for another area, please do so!!!

Right now, Seagull Book, Deseret Book and LDS Living are debating whether they should carry States of Grace. If you can recruit anyone in this effort, please do so.

  • Seagull Book – and/or You can even call: (1-877-324-8551)
  • Deseret Book – AND
  • Also, gives a list of all the store locations. There aren’t any emails but phone calls go a long way.
  • Glenn Beck – on this one, we are laying the groundwork for a much bigger marketing plan. He is a very popular talk-show host and is UNABASHEDLY Mormon. This one is the big fish. We need to email, call, write, etc. If you know anyone who lives in Connecticut, call them and get them on board. I want to get a media screener (the movie) into his hands. If you know anyone who could walk up to him and hand him the packet (containing press, reviews, media screener, etc.) please let me know.

I really appreciate any work any of you can do to support Richard and this movie.


  1. paula September 14, 2006 at 7:35 am

    You can also request that Netflix stock it. THere’s a link at their site. I thought it might increase early sales if they bought one for each of their shipping facilities. Maybe that would reduce the over all sales numbers though.

  2. n September 16, 2006 at 12:41 pm

    Hollywood Video has been good about stocking lds movies out in the mission field. You can email or find other contact methods here.

    Richard Dutcher is hands down the most creative and talented lds director out there. I’d love to see him get into some mainstream directing as well to give him more exposure and funding.

  3. Mark J Gaudette September 18, 2006 at 1:40 am

    Got mine ordered! Watching the trailor gave me goosebumps for a good 3 minutes! For real though I’m excited to watch this movie.

  4. Serenity Valley September 18, 2006 at 11:41 am

    John, just out of curiousity, are they planning to fourwall the showings in the northeast, or have they got theaters interested in showing it on their own?

  5. John Dehlin September 18, 2006 at 11:56 am

    Hey SV! I just emailed MSM to find out. Hopefully they will respond here.

  6. patricia heaton April 14, 2007 at 11:14 am

    I was saddened to hear about Dutcher leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, but not in the least surprised. Even in his statements in the editorial of the Daily Herald, his pride is evident. We’ve been warned many times about pride going before a fall but still, many don’t recognize they are right in the middle of the poison until it’s too late. It’s ironic that he said that the makers of the LDS comedies ought to leave Mormon mocery to anti-mormons, (which I agree with) when Dutcher’s films are filled with the same mocery; yet he can’t see it. That’s why so many people were uneasy about his films. Afterall, the church is the Church of JESUS CHRIST so to portray the Church in any negative light, does a huge disservice to missionary work.

  7. Mayan Elephant April 14, 2007 at 11:56 am

    It sure didnt take long for someone to blame Dutchers decision on iniquity; in this case, pride.

    If you read a bit deeper into the daily herald article you might also conclude that he is an adulterer, he chose to be offended where there was no offense, he still knows the church is ‘true’ but prefers to sin, Dutcher is slothful and that the spirit long ago withdrew from him.

  8. Hueffenhardt April 14, 2007 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for giving me a good laugh. The irony in your post is classic.

  9. Lincoln April 14, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    It is truly unfortunate that a person cannot leave the mormon church without members instantly attributing their decision to sin. I would say that there is no more evidence of pride in Dutcher, than anyone else. And a search on will provide a conference talk where Thomas Monson talks about “righteous” pride. I remember hearing it, and thanking Monson for allowing people to feel pride in their lives. There is not always a clear connection between leaving the church, and sin.

  10. Hellmut April 14, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    Surely you must realize, Patricia Heaton, that attributing sin to people is not only arrogant but also dominating. Rather than imagining Richard Dutcher’s sinfulness, the christlike thing to do would be to withhold judgement (see Matthew 5) and try to understand him on his own terms.

  11. Blaine Austen October 13, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    For what its worth you guys, we oughta lie off Dutcher’s case. Sure, I think he had some issues with how he thought Mormons on camera should be portrayed, but discussion of his “sins” that made him leave is inappropriate. If anything, we should be thinking of ways to help him come back into the fold, not shove him further out.

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